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Medicare population-based payment models, broadly known as accountable care organization (ACO) models, of which the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model (GPDC) is an example, were launched out of recognition of two largely inherent weaknesses of fee-for-service: FFS does not promote efficiency, nor does it promote equity. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at CMS are in the midst of redesigning ACO models and developing new ones to maintain a portfolio of models as other, similar models are phased out. The evolution of population-based payment models, particularly the launch of GPDC, has spawned recent controversy, with some calling for a halt to ACO programs.
Modern Healthcare | January 19, 2022
Digital health continues to break funding records as companies across the globe raked in $30.7 billion in venture capital in 2021, according to data from Digital Health Business & Technology. Investments during the fourth quarter were $7.6 billion across 206 deals, a 6% drop from the recording-setting $8.1 billion raised by digital health companies during the previous quarter. But venture capital funding increased 68% year-over-year, as digital health companies raised just $4.5 billion in 139 deals during the fourth quarter of 2020. Venture capital investors have poured $89 billion into digital health companies since 2010. More than a third of that investment happened last year.
In an effort to provide better healthcare at lower costs, an increasing number of payers are focusing on providing a “continuum of care.” This model strives to identify and deliver the most appropriate care for an individual based on factors such as age, lifestyle decisions, genetic predispositions, prior care received, and more. The ultimate goal is to have a personalized relationship where providers guide a patient’s experience across their full care journey which may consist of preventative care, treatment or surgery, rehabilitation, and any follow-up health maintenance required. While simple to describe, a continuum of care is an almost utopian vision that can be incredibly challenging to deliver in the real world.
Over the past decade healthcare providers have increasingly adopted value-based care (VBC) approaches, a move fueled greatly by the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the recognition of the exorbitant costs of medical care, and the racial and socioeconomic inequities in healthcare access. VBC is tied to various alternative payment models (APM) that shift healthcare provider reimbursement from a fee-for-service (FFS) to payment models driven by quality of care—some more dramatically so than others.
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Strong Post-Acute Care Partnerships: Critical Pieces for Your ACO’s Network Optimization Puzzle
  • Topic: putting together an optimal post-acute care network, comparing cost and quality metrics, developing a preferred provider network
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2022 Technology Revolution: Using Innovation to Drive Quality in Value-Based Care Organizations 
  • Topic: top priorities, trends, data and analytics, adoption and quality of current and future healthcare technology
Sponsored by: Proficient Health

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